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KFFL: Williams Should Score Between 10 and 12 TD’s in 2010

KFFL.com, a premiere fantasy site, says that Panthers back DeAngelo Williams should cross the goal-line 10 to 12 times in 2010, but the Panthers lack of a pass game could be a major concern:

Pros: The Memphis product has enjoyed two straight seasons of at least 1,100 rushing yards in a split backfield. A career average of 5.1 yards per carry is impressive, and Williams is a threat to take it the distance on any play. He missed three games last year and still racked up 1,117 rushing yards and seven scores, giving him 25 TDs in his last 29 games. He underwent ankle cleanup surgery and is expected to be at 100 percent for training camp. The Panthers have a strong offensive line and a power-running mentality. With a rather inexperienced quarterback in Matt Moore likely to start, head coach John Fox will probably rely more on the run than usual. Williams is in a contract year and wants a big deal.

Cons: Will defenders focus solely on stopping the run? Williams shares the backfield with Jonathan Stewart, who has shown to be beastly at times. Ankle injuries can be tricky to recover from. Williams averaged less than 3.0 yards per carry in four games last season and failed to score in his final five games. He is just an OK receiver and isn’t generally utilized much in the passing game.

Fantasy tip: Consider Williams a nice consolation prize after all of the more sure bets come off the board. We’re probably higher on him than most services are. His average draft position is 13th overall, but we wouldn’t have a probably drafting him ahead of Steven Jackson in non-PPR formats. Williams is borderline undervalued, but it is understandable given the risks involved.

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